Local 24 News political analyst and commentator Otis Sanford shares his point of view on the Shelby County Schools board.
Most Shelby County residents, particularly those with children, care deeply about our public schools. But many of those residents probably can’t name a single member of the Shelby County School board. Which is no surprise really, given the fact that the board generally operates under the radar unless there is a major crisis, or when the board has to select a new school superintendent.
But these elected officials have a huge role in the governance of public schools. So when it comes time for the county commission to fill a school board vacancy, the decision is as important as any that commissioners will make.
All indications are the commission made a good choice this week in appointing Althea Greene to fill a board vacancy. Greene is a small business owner, church pastor, and a former educator. She got strong support from leaders of two local teachers unions, who said Greene will be a voice on issues directly affecting teachers. Greene also promised to be a strong voice for students and parents as well.
She joins the board at a critical time. In the coming months, the group must deal with proposals to, among other things, close some schools. And the board intends to conduct a national research for a permanent superintendent.
Other capable candidates applied for the vacancy, despite it being a thankless job. But in picking Greene, commissioners, I believe, got it right. And that’s my point of view. I’m Otis Sanford for Local 24 News.